Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New work on the loom

 The Way of the Gull

Last of the summer dyeing project, lichen and elderberry.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Lines of Work - exhibition pieces

Text from the Miners' Banners, words from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and current newspaper headlines

Lines of work - exploring the territory

Line of work - research

Lines of work - thinking it through

Reflections 1972 Battle of Saltley Gate – 1984 Battle of Orgreave
1972 Saltley, flying pickets sleeping on bedsit floors, students on the picket line shoulder to shoulder with the miners, amidst the three day week and power cuts.  At the Co-op Dairy (now closed)  we work seven days, cows don’t stop making milk.  No power cuts but no heating and working by torchlight when necessary it’s February and cold.
1978 Grimethorpe colliery.  Helmet lamp and tally stepping into the cage with much trepidation, plummeted into the bowels of the earth and a mile walk to the coal face.  Eyes on the ground eyes on the roof, thankful for the helmet.  Hands and knees across the coal face, I’m only 5’-2’’,the next slice is cut, the props removed and the roof dropped.  Scary.  Back on the surface there’s nowhere for women to wash.
1979 – Tony Benn speaks at the Miners Gala in Lock Park – absolutely no recall of what he said, but I do retain the images of the procession with the Miners Banners.

1984 – Barnsley.  The world has changed since Saltley; new legislation about picketing the Government’s prepared.  I’m working at the County Council (that’s gone too).  County Hall, Soup Kitchen on the Members Car Park, proud men digging for fuel on the muck stacks, the miners stand together.  Elsewhere opinions are divided, the Government’s not going to move.  County Engineers daily counting the cost of damage.  No hope no prospects Margaret Thatcher will not suffer the same fate as Ted Heath.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Lines of Work

here's where I started

Coming next - Lines of Work

As this work is for an exhibition in Barnsley I want to make a connection.  Barnsley was founded on glass making, linen weaving, engineering and textiles as well as the mining industry.  The miners founded their own welfare clubs and looked after one another.

Way of the Gull - day nine

back to Douglas

Way of the Gull - day eight

Looking back

Way of the Gull - day eight

Way of the Gull - day eight

almost there

Way of the Gull - day seven

The famous Laxey Wheel

Way of the Gull day six

Way of the Gull - day six, sea dune heath

Sea Kale
Yellow horned poppy
Sea Holly
Sea Spurge

Way of the Gull - day five

Common Storks-bill?
Harebell, herald of autumn
Birds-foot trefoil

Way of the Gull day five, walking the pebble beach

Way of the Gull - day four, along the cliff tops and over the moors

Way of the Gull - day three

Common Brown?
Laughton Sheep

Way of the Gull - day two

Sea Mayweed
Common Blue Butterfly
Sea Beet

Way of the Gull - day one

here too

Way of the Gull - day one

Six spotted burnet moth, apparently common but new to me
and the lovely wild carrot

Way of the Gull August 2013

from Douglas clockwise 

Raad ny Foillan - Way of the Gull a coastal walk around the Isle of Man 2013

sea views wild flowers and butterflies

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Hello I'm back

Here's what I've been doing over the past year.  Walking the Way of the Gull and making work for an exhibition at Barnsley.